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Feeding pigs: divergence of behavioural and physiological requirements

By A. B. Lawrence, M. C. Appleby, H. A. Macleod

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In experiments in which hunger in Large WhitexLandrace boars was measured by conditioning them to press a panel to receive 7-g rewards of food, it was concluded that restricting pigs to low food allowances results in a high level of hunger throughout the day. It is suggested that commercial food allowances for pregnant sows and boars, whilst meeting production needs, do not satisfy motivation, and that the resulting hunger may act as a major source of stress under certain housing conditions.

Date 1988
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 21
Issue 4
Pages 371
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Sch. Agric., West Mains Rd, Edinburgh, UK.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal diseases
  3. Animal nutrition
  4. Boars
  5. Deprivation
  6. Feed intake
  7. Feed rations
  8. Hunger
  9. Mammals
  10. peer-reviewed
  11. Stress
  12. Swine
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